India, China sign Copenhagen climate accord

Updated On: Mar 10, 2010

India and China have signed on to the Copenhagen climate change agreement reached in December 2009, which calls for setting voluntary limits on emissions of greenhouse gases.

More than 100 countries have now agreed to the Copenhagen accord, including all major economies except for Russia.

The accord states the countries' "aim" to keep the global temperature rise since industrialization to 2 degrees Celsius. It is not a formal UN document that can be used to craft a treaty, as the discussions for the accord took place at the last minute and outside formal talks. The document emerged from meetings between U.S. President Barack Obama and leaders from Brazil, China, India and South Africa, who met on the last day of the Summit to draft an accord.

China, India Sign On to Copenhagen Accord [BusinessWeek, 9 Mar 2010] 
India to be listed in Copenhagen Accord preamble [Indian Expresss, 9 Mar 2010]
Full Text of the Copenhagen Accord
 [U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change]

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